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Tower Heist

Tower Heist ~ This movie was really quite a pleasant surprise. I am always tentative when I go to see a movie with either Eddie Murphy or Ben Stiller, because basically, I never know what I’m going to get. These two, in my book, are always hit or miss.

Director Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist is exactly what it what it sounds like, a heist movie, and it’s done in the spirit of the old 1960s and 1970s heist films, only with both a comedic and a contemporary spin. And it is funny. Stiller is not over the top, and Murphy is actually back in is old form. Very refreshing. An all star ensemble cast, including Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Tea Leoni, Judd Hirsch, Gabourey Sidibe, and Casey Affleck, highlights this fun romp.

Now that’s not to say this is perfect, it’s not. It does fall apart in places where a more appropriate heist movie would have been tighter, but it usually does so for the benefit of laughs. All in all, a homage to the genre and a nice change of pace regarding Murphy and Stiller. Worth seeing.

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John Hughes 1950-2009

John Hughes, the man who revolutionized teen cinema in the 1980s passed away of a heart attack this morning in New York City while on a walk.

His movies Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Breakfast Club not only keyed in on the teenage audience for film, but also made stars of a younger generation of actors – including Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwold, Matthew Broderick and other members of 80s Hollywood’s ‘brat pack.’

Also in Hughes’ cabinet of wonders are the Vacation movies, the Beethoven movies as well as the Home Alone movies. As someone whose movie-going experience began in the 1980s, I gotta say that for me and my friends, a new John Hughes film was an event. We knew it would speak to us, make us laugh, and make us think. One of my favorites was She’s Having a Baby, which was not only written and directed by Hughes, but was also an inspiration to me as a writer.

John Hughes will be missed.

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